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GKN Aerospace Services and contractor fined for asbestos exposure risk

GKN Aerospace Services Ltd. and Lybrook Constructors Ltd., trading as DL Group, have been prosecuted after construction workers were exposed to asbestos at GKN's premises in Yeovil.

DL Group was engaged by GKN Aerospace Services Ltd on 17 June 2010 to remove ceiling tiles within its treatment…

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Asbestos guidance for workers

There have been several recent prosecutions of employers who have not effectively protected their employees and/or members of the public from asbestos:

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Asbestos removal firm fined for putting workers at risk

A licensed asbestos removal contractor has been fined for putting its workers at risk of exposure to the dangerous substance during a refurbishment project in Warwickshire.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted AG&M Ltd. for failing to properly maintain a decontamination unit and r…

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Timber repair firm responsible for spread of asbestos fibres in shop

Potentially deadly asbestos fibres were spread in part of a shop by unqualified workmen and left on the premises for three weeks.

In a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), on 13 June, Cardiff Magistrates heard that Timberwise (UK) Ltd., a national company specialising in damp…

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Sussex company director fined after failing to control asbestos

An estate management director, from Brighton, has been fined after failing to manage the spread of asbestos during the demolition of a building.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Brian Marshall, 44, managing director of Supply on Demand Ltd, for breaching asbestos safety regu…

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Workers were needlessly exposed to deadly asbestos dust

Workmen carrying out a refurbishment at a Devon pub were exposed to deadly asbestos dust and then asked by their site manager to remove it without adequate protection.

The incident happened at the Three Crowns pub in Chagford, Dartmoor in January 2010, when the refurbishment was being carried…

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HSE serves a further two Improvement Notices on Edinburgh cooling tower

On 11 June 2012, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) served two Improvement Notices at a second Edinburgh company as part of its ongoing Legionella investigation.

The Improvement Notices served on Macfarlan Smith Ltd., Wheatfield Road, Gorgie, Edinburgh require thorough cleaning of one of …

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HSE serves Improvement Notice on Edinburgh cooling tower

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today served an Improvement Notice on an Edinburgh company for alleged failures to adequately control the risk of legionella in a cooling tower.

The Improvement Notice served on North British Distillery Company Ltd. refers to one cooling tower at Whea…

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Asbestos - The Hidden Killer

asbestos - the hidden killerDid you know that every week in the UK, on average...

4 plumbers die
20 tradesmen die
6 electricians die
8 joiners die

due to exposure to asbestos?

Asbestos was extensively used as a building material in the UK from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s. It was used for a variety of purposes …

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Dorset builder ignored asbestos risks

A self-employed builder has been fined for demolishing a building without first carrying out an asbestos survey.

Stuart Pearson, of Verwood, Dorset, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) at Guildford Magistrates' Court for breaching the Control of Asbestos Regulations between …

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Builder's work on chimney put family at risk

A family was exposed to deadly carbon monoxide fumes after building work on a chimney caused a blockage in a flue.

Builder Wayne Marshall had been engaged to carry out repairs to a joint chimney by householders at a property in Dulais Road, Seven Sisters in March 2010, but left an amount of rub…

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Recycling firm fined for subjecting workers to lead poisoning

An Edmonton-based recycling company has been fined for failing to protect employees working with lead.

Metal and Waste Recycling Ltd., of Albert Works, Kenninghall Rd, Edmonton had bought and was stripping some lead-sheathed copper cabling from British Telecom (BT) after the network began to be…

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Health screening company failed its duty to workers

A Cornish company has been prosecuted after using unqualified staff to screen the health of workers from dozens of other organisations.

Audio Medical Services Ltd. (AMS) carried out tests inadequately for 59 companies over a period of at least four years across the UK. The company failed to provi…

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New date for health and safety cost recovery scheme

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that its cost recovery scheme, Fee For Intervention (FFI), is going ahead but will now not start in April 2012.

The scheme sets out to recover costs from those who break health and safety laws for the time and effort HSE spends on helping to put…

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Smokers reminded about help available to quit

Smokers are today being reminded to pick up an NHS Quit Kit to help them stop smoking.

The NHS Quit Kit, which is available free from thousands of pharmacies across England, was developed by experts, smokers and ex-smokers, and contains practical tools and advice to help smokers quit smoking for …

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Failure to identify asbestos put workers at risk

A Cardiff company has been fined for putting the health of demolition workers at risk after a building survey failed to identify the presence of asbestos.

Between 15 and 25 January 2010 PHH Environmental (UK) Ltd was commissioned to produce an asbestos survey on the soon to be demolished Old Cas…

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ECHA have added twenty substances to the list of "Substances of Very High Concern"

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have added twenty substances to the candidate list. Companies manufacturing or importing these substances, or articles containing the substances, need to check whether they have any obligations which result from the listing.

The list now contains seventy-three s…

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Asbestos

asbestosDid you know that every week in the UK, on average...

4 plumbers die
20 tradesmen die
6 electricians die
8 joiners die

due to exposure to asbestos?

Asbestos was extensively used as a building material in the UK from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s. It was used for a variety of purposes and was …

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David Cameron orders merging of health and social care

David Cameron has ordered health and social care services to be brought together in order to benefit patients in a move which government advisers are calling the NHS's most urgent overhaul.

The changes will lead to some hospitals closing, warned the pro-integration NHS Confederation, which represent…

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